Record Store Day keeps coming around! The renewed enthusiasm for this analogue format - which got going in the 1950s and became stereo in about 1956 - is something to see.
How To Get The Best Out of LPs - go to the Hifi & Home Theatre Page for the whole story.
That's nearly all of my LP collection in the photo above - it continues around the corner a little further!
The February/March 2017 Issue is full of interesting reading, including at page 70 my piece on using subwoofers for music. "Sub judice: is the jury still out regarding the use of subwoofers for music?"
The Saleswatch Page selects quality hifi and home theatre (and maybe other things too, from time to time) on sale via various web pages (ebay so far has most of the items), Gumtree, and various retailers. Just a shortcut for people who like good hifi and good prices.
It's only a "heads up" however, not a recommendation to buy. You still have to satisfy yourself that what's on offer is right for you. I'm just highlighting what looks good to my eye, based on my many years in the business.
Bookmark it now!
This is a very informative section of the site, where we have the benefit of an experienced speaker designer to tell you a whole lot of home truths about the trade-offs, misapprehensions and commercial expediencies often involved in speaker design. But he also gives guidance on how to make them sound better!
Noted speaker designer Ralph Waters (who founded Richter Acoustics and Subsonic) wrote a series for us on what makes them sound good bad, or indifferent. Some of the revelations may shock you. You'll find his hard-hitting expose on our dedicated page for his guest appearances, which we'll call Speakers' Corner.
See also where Ralph discusses Horn Speakers. On another page you'll find discussion of Subwoofers, including external links to pages which help you set one up properly - not something that you should do in a haphazard fashion!
I wrote this article some time ago, but it got lost in the email-ethernet continuum. The June/July 2015 edition is full of good things, and is worth buying as a back-issue anyway, but if you're interested in speaker designs which depart from the conventional forward-firing models, even sending the signals around at various angles, do check it out.
UPDATE: My next article on using subwoofers for music, not just home theatre, will be in the February/March 2017 issue of Sound & Image.
It started with just one zone, now there are five. Where will it end, and what gives it this strange power? Article is halfway down the Hifi page. Part Two is on the Retro Gear page, where I describe a frankensteinian experiment splicing Sonos into a Grundig valve radiogram.
Others have entered the wireless multi-room market, and we'll have a look at them as they come along, but Sonos had a head start and has kept evolving.
The Hifi Headlines magazines which I wrote and edited for Len Wallis Audio for quite a few years (up to but no longer including the Winter 2014 edition, which for some reason has dropped off as the Summer 2014/15 edition came online) can be found in free online readable form here.
Not by any means comprehensive, and purely personal, but I've recounted the movies I've liked over many years, mainly by decade!
I'm following the iTunes 99c Weekly Movies at this page too. A fair few of them have been amazingly good! Otherwise it might be something from Netflix or just a DVD I've caught up with recently.
We pick the stories of interest and give links at NEWS PAGE.
I'm into the odd bit of retro gear, and have started a page for it here. Feel free to email me about what gear you enjoy or would like to get for yourself.
Have you wondered how those glowing bottles do the magic they do? Charl Du Plessis explains it on this page.
It's around 11 years since I wrote The Future of Retailing. In it I said that the distance between the manufacturer and the consumer would continue to shrink.
"This trend is going to grow as people gain confidence in their ability to assess and to make purchasing decisions without visiting a retailer."
The growth of boutique "own brand" stores and manufacturers selling direct to the public online continues. I also chanced my arm in 2005 and said that "By 2015, I expect a large percentage of retail to be online transactions." That trend is well underway and will continue to grow - it's now an uncontested fact of life. Update: Here's the view as at 24/1/2015!
There have been many articles since my first effort, including this one from News.com.au in 2011. In Articles I also suggested a shape for a specialist store, realising that such species were threatened by all this development.
See links to the relevant pages from various manufacturers on our Links Page.
I make regular recommendations of albums - mainly jazz and classical - and review live shows I've been to.
This is not exhaustive, just those ones which catch my attention, but there's nearly always something of interest appearing on the market.
Lately I've been looking again at what shape your local hifi retailer might take as the various forces reshape the retail world. Online sales continue to grow, but will not entirely replace the store, which must become a destination of sorts
You can find this and other articles, such as "Made In Japan?" here in the articles section.
It's always good to get emails from people who've enjoyed the site, have corrections, or any ideas.
gforgie AT homeentertainment DOT com DOT au
The twitter feed below will let you know what I've recently added, except for "News" brief mentions.